HAVE YOU READ THE TALMUD LATELY?
By Rev. Ted Pike
In my last e-alert, I was the bearer of bad news: Deep within Judaism's
most sacred rabbinic writings, the Talmud and Zohar (Kabbalah), there
exists the obligation to overthrow existing Gentile and Christian
society and establish a “new Jewish order.” Such Judaic
teaching powerfully diminishes the value of Gentile lives, particularly
today in Israel’s occupied territories and Lebanon.
I was consequently vilified by a number of readers. One asked, “Where
do you get this trash?” He said that if he needed to know the
dark side of Judaism, he’d rather do it from Mein
The truth is that, with the possible exception of some secular
Jewish congregations, every synagogue in the world contains the Talmud
and Zohar. It’s from these works that my assertions came. They
are the two most important sources of inspired literature for observant
Jews, greatly surpassing the Bible. The Talmud however, is the most
universally read and applied.
Herman Wouk, Orthodox Jew and famed author of The
affirms, “The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart’s
blood of the Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs, ceremonies
we observe—whether we are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or
merely spasmodic sentimentalists—we follow the Talmud. It is
our common law.” 1
One would think that religious literature so centrally important
to one of the world’s great religions would be easily located
in local libraries. It is certainly easy to find the Bible or Koran.
Not so the Talmud. While the very largest municipal libraries in
a state may possess the Talmud and Zohar, they are almost always
absent elsewhere, except in synagogues. In almost every synagogue
in the world, the Talmud and Zohar loom above every other piece
of literature in authority and appreciation.
Why are library shelves vacant of the Talmud and Zohar? Quite simply,
it’s because Judaism teaches that the law they contain was
given to Jews alone and it’s wrong for Gentiles to read that
law. The Talmud says, “The goy who pries into the law is worthy
of death.” 2
The Jewish Encyclopedia tells us, “Hence the Talmud prohibited
the teaching to a Gentile of the Torah [Talmud and Zohar] “the
inheritance of the congregation of Jacob…” R. Johanan
says of one so teaching, “Such a person deserves death.”—Sanh.
59a, Hagigah.” 3
Accordingly, Jewish leaders make it clear to Christian seminaries
and scholars that they will not tolerate published research into
the Talmud’s real teachings about Christ, Christianity, and
Gentiles. Christian academics obey, terrified of being smeared as “anti-Semites.”
In the early '80s, as part of research for my book, Israel:
Our Duty, Our Dilemma, I visited the Judaic section of the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C. to study various versions of the Zohar,
On my first visit, I asked the Jewish librarian where to find the
Soncino English translation. He became disturbed and replied, “I
don’t think you want to read that. You might misunderstand
it.” I couldn’t believe my ears. I’m afraid I showed
my anger. He relented.
Since publication of my book in 1984 and release of my first video
documentary on this subject, “The Other Israel,” many
people, confronted with the dark side of Judaic ethics, have rejected
my message outright. Their reasoning is simple and direct: “What
Pike says can’t be true because our Christian leaders and national
media have never given us a hint of confirmation for what he says.” A
smaller number contend that I quoted out of context or, even worse,
forged documents. They think I faked the Xerox copies of the Talmud
and Zohar in the appendix of my book, to create the illusion of a
Such skepticism has been flying at me via email this week. I will
therefore conclude by reproducing a few pages from the Talmud and
Zohar, displaying the antipathy of the Talmud and Zohar toward Gentiles.
Where do I get this stuff? See you at the Library of Congress!
1 From a Nov. 19, 1959 installment of This
is my God, serialized
in The New York Herald-Tribune under “The Talmud: The Heart’s
Blood of the Jewish Faith.”
2 Abodah Zarah 26b, Tosephoth. Although this inflammatory dictum
was omitted from the Soncino translation of the Talmud, the Jewish
Encyclopedia in its article on “Gentiles,” p. 617, confirms
its existence in the original.
3 Jewish Encyclopedia, “Gentiles,” p. 623
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
Even if obtainable, the vast dry formlessness of the Talmud and mystical
obscurity of the Zohar make them very difficult for the uninitiated
to penetrate. My 345-page book, Israel: Our Duty,
Our Dilemma, provides
an easy-to-follow "road map" of references into the Talmud's
and Zohar's most troubling passages. This book is available for $24.90
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